This is the blog of journalist, Lonely Planet author and photographer Stuart Butler. It features news and travel updates from the regions in which Stuart works, including northeast Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan), Yemen and Sri Lanka.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Latest Photographic Work: Ethiopia

It was a long while ago now but back in September and October 2012 I had the great pleasure in travelling around West Ethiopia and Addis Ababa as well as a quick side-trip to Harar in eastern Ethiopia in order to update the (now published) new Lonely Planet Ethiopia guide. One of my favourite books to work on to one of my favourite countries to travel through and I was really excited to get way out to the west - a place I'd never before visited.

Enjoy the photos: 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Latest Work: Ijen Crater Sulpher Miners, Java, Indonesia 2013


I was recently in Java for Lonely Planet and at the end of my stay visited the spectacular Ijen sulphur mines and spent two days and nights following the miners at work. Here is a short photo story on Ijen and the miners work.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Latest Work: Java 2013


Latest Work: Java 2013, a set on Flickr.

Back in the autumn of 2013 I was lucky enough to be sent to Java, Indonesia to update that section of the Lonely Planet SE Asia on a Shoestring guidebook. Java is my favourite part of Indonesia (although I've never been to Papua and reckon that would be right up my street): I love the vibrant art and culture scene in the towns and the dramatic volcanic landscapes (and the food ain't bad either!). The following are a selection of images from what was, once again, a wonderful trip to Indonesia.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Africa: New Book

The new Lonely Planet Africa guide is out now. For this edition I had the mammoth, but utterly brilliant, task of updating Sudan, Republic of Congo and DR Congo. I also wrote the Ethiopia chapter, the coffee table-style South Sudan chapter and contributed to the Central African Republic chapter. When a book covers a continent the size of Africa coverage of some places can be rather short but for me this book is Lonely Planet at its ground breaking and adventurous best.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

New Website

I have finally joined the modern world and got myself a website. Please see for more examples of my books, articles, photographs and information on my wedding photography.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013


IMG_7068 - Maasai man at dawnIMG_8349 -Maasai man at dawn Loita Hills KenyaIMG_0831 Goats and Samburu Matthew's Mountains KenyaIMG_0591 Samburu lady and gaots KenyaIMG_7605 Zebra in Olarro ConservancyIMG_0745 Bleeding goat Samburu Matthew's Mountains Kenya
IMG_1042 Samburu man Matthew's Mountains KenyaIMG_7466 Maasai woman with goatsIMG_1100 Acacia Tree Maasai Mara KenyaIMG_7008 - Maasai man and cattleIMG_0898 Church Matthew's Mountains KenyaIMG_0608 Goat milk Matthews mountains kenya
IMG_8933 Maasai man at dawn Loita Hills KenyaIMG_8364 Maasai man at dawn Loita Hills dawnIMG_9090 Maasai man Loita Hills KenyaIMG_0565 Goats at dawn in Samburu manyatta Matthew's mountains KenyaIMG_9814 Reticulated giraffe Meru National Park KenyaIMG_9950 Head teacher in his office - Kenya
IMG_8310 Maasai woman at dusk Loita Hills KenyaIMG_8251 Maasai woman in Loita HillsIMG_8244 Maasai man in Loita HillsIMG_8219 - Maasai man in Loita HillsIMG_8032 - Maasai man in Loita hillsIMG_7924 Sunrise in Kenya's Loita Hills

Kenya June 2013, a set on Flickr.

Back in June (yeah I know I've been slack on the blogging front...) I had the great pleasure of once again visiting Kenya. This time i was there for a variety of international publications writing a range of articles on conservation, tourism and tribal rights. I split my time equally between the northern regions of Meru and the remote and wonderful Matthew's Mountains and the Maasai lands further south (the Maasai Mara itself, Olarro conservancy and the stunning and little known Loita Hills. Highlights of the trip included staying in both Samburu and Maasai manyattas (farmsteds), walking and camping in the Loita Hills, spending a day learning about conservation in action at the Olarro conservancy, walking in the Matthews and having Meru national park pretty much to myself.

The following are a selection of images that I took during the trip.